An outcry from Google employees and human rights activists has continued over the discovery of a censored search engine that is being developed for the Chinese market. The censoring of the search engine has raised concerns that Google is betraying their values in pursuit of profits. If Google were to pursue this project further, they would agree to share the information that individuals search for with Chinese authorities. The sharing of this data would potentially endanger those residing in China if they searched for something that the Chinese government deemed inappropriate such as ‘democracy’ or ‘human rights.’
Google CEO Sundar Pichai has already issued a statement claiming that they have no plans to launch the search engine “right now” but have not confirmed whether or not they plan to launch it in the future. Google’s employees are pressuring their CEO to explicitly state that the company has no intention of doing so. Those who oppose the implementation of the censored search engine claim that Google has a responsibility as an American company to uphold our value of free speech. Others argue that taking a firm stand on the issue will set a good moral and ethical precedent for other companies to follow in the future.
I agree that Google should not be developing this program and should publicly acknowledge that they will no longer be involved in its development. Do you think that Google should issue a statement confirming that they will no longer be supporting the development of a search engine censoring data? Does this set a dangerous precedent for other companies? Should American companies be forced to embody our countries values in the systems they release?